County gets $3M federal grant to remove lead from 160 homes


AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A suburban Cleveland county has received nearly $3 million in federal grant money to continue efforts to remove lead from contaminated homes.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2dgfaMX ) officials say they hope to remove lead from 160 homes in Summit County using the new U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant.

The county’s Lead Hazard Control Program aims to help low- to moderate-income residents who live in homes built before 1978.

The county used a 2013 grant to remove lead from 140 homes.

Lead poisoning can damage nearly every organ, particularly the kidneys, red blood cells and central nervous system.

It can also lead to learning disabilities, lower IQs and other health problems in children.

Lead exposure often comes from old paint.

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Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com

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